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Become a Certified LHO

To qualify as a certified Local Health Officer you must:

  1. Be appointed by your town for a three-year term

Reporting Appointments to State Agencies

  1. Municipalities are required to report the appointment of their LHOs to Maine CDC. Required documentation:
    1. Official proof of appointment.
    2. LHO Contact Information Form. (submit online)


Required LHO Core Online Training

Newly appointed LHOs must become certified within 6 months of their initial appointment date in order to continue legally in that position.  Once granted, certification is valid for 3-years. Maine CDC provides the required 6-hour core training at no cost. Reappointed LHOs are expected to renew their certification every 3-years.

You can complete the online training by clicking on this link LHO Online Training You can also print this material by clicking here Complete Handbook*.

After you complete this training you will:

  • Have a basic understanding of your legal authorities, and your overall role and responsibilities;
  • Know how to addresses commonly occurring situations, such as nuisances;
  • Apply appropriate actions in terms of enforcing the law;
  • Have strategies for addressing complaints; and
  • Be familiar with your role should you be informed of a public health emergency by Maine CDC; including communications between the LHOs and Maine CDC during a public health emergency.


Request for Waiver from Education Requirements

The Maine LHO Program requires that all appointed LHOs take the LHO Core Training as part of the certification process. However, in some situations, Maine CDC may waive the qualification standards. The purpose of the waiver is to provide flexibility for the city/town LHO without undermining the basic intent of the law. This means that a person who is:

Submit a Waiver Request Form

Complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a Letter of Appointment
  2. Provide proof that you have either completed –
    1. Online 2013 Core training within the past three-years, or
    2. Pre-approved or acceptable continuing education credit hours related to education requirements.

State Certification Requirements - Certifications are governed by the State. Certification is awarded to a duly appointed and active Municipal LHO.

Review of Waiver Request

Maine CDC, upon receipt, will

  • Review the submitted request form. Incomplete request forms may take longer than the three to process.
  • Conduct an interview with the applicant. The interview gives the applicant an opportunity to prove that he or she has the knowledge, experience and skills to perform the duties and responsibilities of an LHO. This interview may include, but not limited to, questions on experience in a similar position; familiarity with Maine laws, understanding of the duties and responsibilities of an LHO, and experience in handling various types of complaints.
  • Notify the LHO approximately three days following the interview. A Waiver from State Regulations is granted for a three-year term.

Additional LHO Training

2013 Childhood Lead Poisoning
Learn about childhood lead poisoning in Maine, the connection between housing and lead poisoning, the state and federal laws and rules that apply to incidences of lead poisoning and resources you can use in your community. 

LHO Continuing Education Training Opportunities

“Recertification” will be granted to any LHO who “successfully completes at least 6 hours of approved training or education that is relevant to his or her LHO duties and responsibilities, during the 3-year certification period.” Maine CDC strongly recommends completing the LHO Continuing Education and Training Modules.

The LHO may satisfy this training requirement through other educational opportunities; however, you must request prior approval from to receive credit.  LHOs must provide supporting documentation of the proposed learning opportunity.

Pre-approvals - What you need to do.

Send the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your appointed town(s)
  • Description of learning opportunity
  • Date
  • Number of hours
  • Name of the organization sponsor